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Sep 1, 2012 2:00am PDT
. when it came last night in mitt romney's speech talking about the promises of obama back in 2009 as if he and the rest of the republicans tried their best to work with the president after the election. let's watch this one. >> four years ago, i know that many americans felt a fresh excitement about the possibilities of a new president. that choice was not the choice of our party, but americans always come together after elections. we're a good and generous people. and we're united by so much more than what divides us. i wish president obama had succeeded because i want america to succeed. but his promises gave way to disappointments and division. >> well, today in its lead editorial "the new york times" called the notion that republicans rallied behind obama, quote, an extraordinary reinvention of history. the truth, rarely heard this week in tampa, is that the republicans charted a course of denial and obstruction from the day obama was inaugurated, determined to deny him a second term by denying him any achievement no matter the cost to the economy or american security. that's som
MSNBC
Sep 5, 2012 7:00am PDT
to hispanics and to women. the night's headliner michelle obama, she blew the roof off the place. >> at the end of the day, my most important title is still mom in chief. >> keynote speaker julian castro touched the crowd with his story of humble beginnings the first hispanic to deliver a keynote speech at the dnc. he talked up the president but delivered a punch to mitt romney. >> i don't think governor romney nent meant any marm. he has no idea how good he's had it. mitt romney quite simply doesn't get it. >> it was a democratic party so speakers served up a lot of red meat. >> if mitt was santa claus, he would fire the reindeer and outsource the elves. >> women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make. maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a swiss bank account, a cayman island investment. >> put simply, women in america cannot trust mitt romney. >> i want to bring in ruth marcus, columnist for "washington post" and political reporter nick con sore ri. let's talk about michelle obama. it was called a resounding trium triumph. what do you think she ac
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 10:00pm PDT
speech from michelle obama. chris matthews? >> certainly made the connection, don't you think? i mean, so much of tonight was interactive. it was between her and that audience in the room. i thought the camera work was so important watching this on television. you saw on the faces of men and women, black and white, all different backgrounds, the connection. she was with people. the emotional connection, telling the story of her love affair with her husband. with her life of getting ahead. but there was one big difference than four years ago which just came through in the earlier speeches tonight. it was hope and change, yes, hope and change but not hope and change imaginally overnight. but hope through work and patience and time and effort and then change. i think it was a much more mature look at their own lives as they got there. i'll tell you, i assume most americans watching tonight who have been lucky in this country, have gotten close to the american dream, have done it the way they did it. with student loans. with good parents who made them study. of being parents who make thei
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 3:00pm PDT
their base. women, hispanics, and african-americans, and young people. first lady michelle obama will be front and center tonight. and as will san antonio mayor castro. who gives the big keynote address, democrats are proud of that your policies. and what they believe in will be demonstrated on stage. last week, republicans tried to hide what they were really about. just look at this. 55 prime time speeches, not a single one, not one, included the words tea party. all those unpopular extreme republicans, gop decided to keep them out of the public eye. guess that tea was little too strong for swing voters around the country. let's remember the most conservative platform in history. you know, that one that didn't represent their nominee. >> this is the platform of the republican part. it is not the platform of mitt romney. >> yeah. he's just the head of the party. but this week is different. forget the caricature of the president and his policies. at his convention, democrats will set the record straight. >> they spend a lot of time talking about me but didn't spend a lot of time talkin
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2012 12:00pm PDT
he's never afraid to throw a curveball. and then with the bases loaded, can president obama hit it out of the park? >> i'm steve kornacki here in charlotte where everyone is still talking about bubba's big night. oh, yeah, and that other prime-time speech. >> who are the democrats playing to this week, their base or the middle? is there even a middle anymore? howard fineman makes his debut in "the cycle" this hour. >> every convention has a party, but what do each convention's musical choices say? >> all that, plus what i want to hear from the president tonight. it's september 6th. the grand finale of the dnc, and you're in "the cycle." >>> good thursday afternoon to you. as all you cycle fans know, that means the intersection of presidential politics and, of course, baseball. so as we are in the bottom of the sixth in the election cycle, the game is tight. last night the democrats sent in their premier setup man, a left-hander named clinton, and set up he did. >> i want to nominate a man who's cool on the outside. but who burns for america on the inside. >> i could have watched th
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 2:30am PDT
. good morning, i'm willie geist. four years ago we were in denver where then-senator obama filled a football stadium with an address of hope and change. this time he'll have a three and a half-year record to defend. 15 electoral votes in the state of north carolina where he won by 14,000 votes in 2008. the last democratic presidential candidate to win this state before barack obama, jimmy carter in 1976. >>> looking ahead to november, a new poll shows the president will have a tough fight here in north carolina if he wants to win again. among likely voters, mitt romney right now leads the race, it's tight, 47-43. good reason now, you can see democrats chose this state to put on their biggest show. one of the first orders of business this afternoon will be to adopt a party platform. which democrats unveiled last night. it echoed president obama's call for higher taxes on wealthier americans, while backing same-sex marriage and abortion rights. the platform says the economy is growing again and that al qaeda is at its weakest since the attacks of september 11th, 2001. >>> tonight's ke
MSNBC
Sep 11, 2012 4:00pm PDT
louder? "w." he was the guy riding in the car with him when barack obama went to take the oath, the guy who left him with a stock market crashing through the floor. a 4,000 point drop in a year heading toward a 7500 point drop by the following march. "w." he left the new president with a jobless number that spiked over 10% by the following year, a financial crash so bad that the republican candidate for president in 2008 asked for time out to deal with it. a calamity outmatched only by the great crash in '29. so ask it yourself, is this country better off in the direction "w" was taking us, really? we'll get to that in a minute. first, we have new poll numbers in the presidential race. let's check the "hardball" scoreboard. here it is according to the new "washington post"/abc poll, president obama with a one-point lead over mitt romney among likely voters. among all registered voters, the president's lead is six points. joining me is governor ed rendell who was leading pennsylvania through that transition from "w" to obama and douglas brinkley. the great american historian and auth
MSNBC
Sep 11, 2012 11:00pm PDT
time we had someone like you. i would vote for you but i won't vote for obama or romney. >> we're out of time. i've got to tell you if donald trump is against you, i'm with you. we need you in this race. that's the last word. "the ed show" is up next. >>> the missing republican letter, "w." let's play "hardball." >>> good evening. i'm chris matthews in dallas. let me start with this. there was a missing letter from the republican convention, stationery, missing from their lips. "w." you want to hear it louder? "w." he was the guy riding in the car with him when barack obama went to take the oath, the guy who left him with a stock market crashing through the floor. a 4,000 point drop in a year heading toward a 7500 point drop by the following march. "w." he left the new president with a jobless number that spiked over 10% by the following year, a financial crash so bad that the republican candidate for president in 2008 asked for time out to deal with it. a calamity outmatched only by the great crash in '29. so ask it yourself, is this country better off in the direction "w" was ta
MSNBC
Sep 11, 2012 12:00am PDT
slammed in the polls. tonight richard wolf on the obama bounce and the romney collapse. >>> former reagan budget director david stockman on romney's tax loophole train wreck. >>> and jan schakowsky on romney's preexisting problems with obama care. >>> and the national media is portraying chicago's striking teachers as overpaid and greedy. >> chicago teachers are the best paid of any school district in the country. >> the average chicago teacher makes about $76,000 a year. >> nearly four times higher than what the average american receives. >> we'll tell you what the chicago teacher strike is all about. >> good to have you with us. thanks for watching. the romney campaign says that the 2012 election will follow a similar pattern to the election of 1980. they compare mitt romney to the republican challenger ronald reagan who came from behind in the polls to defeat a democratic president. now the romney team was banking on a bounce like ronald reagan got after the republican national convention. the chairman predicted a significant post convention bounce for the candidate. >> i think we're g
MSNBC
Sep 5, 2012 10:00pm PDT
popular. very powerful endorsement for president obama, another good night for them. >> affable, effective, as a democrat, it doesn't get any better. i'm sitting here, i'm giddy, i mean, this is exactly what barack obama needed. mending fences, bringing people together, understanding the facts. and i liked the way president clinton talked about the universe the republicans have painted president obama in, that they are not in reality, they are not in the real world. he even used the word "hate," and i'm glad he addressed this tonight, because you have to understand the climate before you can have the healing, and he also talked about a dysfunctional washington saying it doesn't have to be a blood sport and documented the kinds of things that he worked on with republicans and really in a roundabout way, gave the country hope that we can get together and we should be and it's a responsibility for elected officials to get to the point where they can work together. so, and, of course, he talked about philosophy, which i think is important about owning your own, you know, philosophy
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2012 2:30am PDT
romney's critique of the obama administration. clinton putting into nomination the name of president obama. good morning, i'm willie geist. this is another special edition of "way too early" live from the black fin saloon in charlotte. a good deal has been made of the last four years of the relationship between president clinton and obama. last night the 42nd president gave a full throated endorsement of the current president of the white house. president obama even made a cameo after the speech. the two presidents appearing together on stage. president telling the crowd i'll see you tomorrow. president obama arrived here yesterday a day ahead of his own speech, one that's been moved because of weather, the campaign says, from the 70,000 seat bank of america football stadium to the 20,000 seat basketball arena where the rest of the convention has been held. last night that arena belonged to bill clinton. it was a democratic rock star's welcome. even the entrance was vintage clinton. he walked on stage to his 1992 campaign theme song "don't stop thinking about tomorrow." over the course of
MSNBC
Sep 12, 2012 10:00pm PDT
disgraceful. >> it's disgraceful that the obama administration first response was not to condemn attacks on our diplomatic missions but to sympathize with those who waged the attacks. >> justice will be done. >> team romney has -- >> we shouldn't be on an apology tour. >> the original statements by the cairo embassy were long before. >> six hours before these protests even started. >> it suggests a level of desperation. >> the desperate reach by mitt romney. >> that makes him look a little bit out of touch. >> contracts and tone deaf. >> how did mitt romney get into this mess? >> he needs to be severely aggressive. >> the first response to the united states must be outrage. >> be very aggressive. >> well he aggressively shot himself in the foot. >> do not seem crass. >> he has a tendency to shoot first and aim later. >>> today, mitt romney started a media controversy and media backlash for comments he made on the attack at the embassy in libya that killed four americans. obama said this moments ago in nevada. >> as for the ones we lost last night, i want to assure you we will bring their
MSNBC
Sep 7, 2012 2:00pm PDT
roars when one of us said something about president obama, their deep concentration watching him. i don't know what this means for november. we're going to get serious economic reports between now and then and we'll know if the economy's slowing down or beginning to perk. the news we got this morning wasn't status factory, but the real question is how the voters look at this election. will they view it as a choice between two candidates or as an up or down referendum on president obama. soon after the financial crash of 2008 and 2009. president obama last night kept pushing the idea that this election is a choice among vote es rather than a referendum. 20 times he uttered a variation of choose or choice. >> when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. it will be a choice between two different paths for america. i'm asking you to choose that future and now, you have a choice. if you choose this path. the choice you face -- you can choose a future -- choose -- choice -- choice -- choice -- choices -- ch
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 10:00am PDT
in tampa. >> what they're trying to suggest is that i said that barack obama was responsible for our plant shut down. that is not what i was saying. read the speech. what i was saying is the president ought to be held to account for his broken promises. after our plant was shut down, he said he would lead an effort to retool plants like the janesville plant to get people back to work. >>> good day. i'm andrea mitchell in charlotte for the democratic national convention. if you hear pounding behind me, that's because they're working on the podium, getting ready for the big day, the big night. joining me, obama 2012 senior campaign advisor and former white house press secretary, robert gibbs. robert -- >> i thought that pounding was only in my head. i'm so glad you said that. >> you should not be partying all night. the party really begins here today, tonight, and michelle obama, what is the big test for michelle obama? we know she's practiced, she's a practiced speaker, she's been on the national stage, unlike ann romney, who hit it out of the park with her first effort, really, using
MSNBC
Sep 8, 2012 2:00am PDT
president obama, their deep concentration watching him on our big screen as he spoke last night. i don't know what this means for november. we're going to get serious economic reports between now and then and we'll know if the economy's slowing down or beginning to perk. the news we got this morning wasn't satisfactory by anyone's standards. but the real question is how the voters look at this election. will they view it as a choice between two candidates or as an up or down referendum on president obama. a brutally tough standard by the way so soon after the financial crash of 2008 and '09. m steve steven mm orsa is here and steven mensa is a democratic strategist. president obama last night kept pushing the idea that this election is a choice among voters rather than a referendum. we counted 20 times he uttered a variation of choose or choice, the very words themselves. take a look. >> when all is said and done, when you pick up that ballot to vote, you will face the clearest choice of any time in a generation. it will be a choice between two different paths for america. i'm asking you
MSNBC
Sep 4, 2012 7:00am PDT
antonio mayor hualien castro and first lady michelle obama. no secret that the obama campaign is trying to win over hispanics and women. now, they do have a big lead with both, but will need to hold or build on it for november. and before either speaker takes the stage, the president will be campaigning in norfolk, virginia today. a state that just happens to be 54% women. let me write in roll call politics reporter and political editor. welcome to both of you. so michelle obama. i think her job is maybe uniquely complicated. she's very well liked. viewed favorably by almost seven in ten americans. but he's well liked, too. you can love someone and, i don't know, still not want to live with them? can you think barack obama is a great guy but maybe he hasn't shown you that he can solve the country's problems? what is michelle obama's job tonight? >> it's to simply humanize her husband and build on the high like ability score for him. the first lady has appalachin a rating of nine points higher than her husband. so her job hands down is to just make him seem like a family man. >> doesn't
MSNBC
Sep 11, 2012 3:00pm PDT
remember those who lost their lives on september 11th. president obama addressed the families of 9/11 victims in a solemn ceremony at the pentagon. >> no matter how many years pass, no matter how many times we come together on this hallowed ground, know this, that you will never be alone. your loved ones will never be forgotten. we know that somewhere, a son is growing up with his father's eyes and a daughter has her mother's laugh. living reminders that those who died are with us still. >> and today out of respect, mitt romney said he'd put aside his differences with the president. but not all republicans did. on this day, senator john mccain, the republican's most trusted voice on national security, made an appalling claim. >> as far as the middle east is concerned, this administration has been an abysmal failure. i have not seen a more reckless foreign policy since president carter. >> feckless foreign policy? does the al qaeda think the president is a feckless failure? rudy giuliani, once called america's mayor, went down to ground zero and criticized the president on iran. >> the
MSNBC
Sep 25, 2012 6:00pm PDT
" putting out new numbers showing president obama ahead by eight points in iowa and four points in florida. while the swing state map is what everybody is watching the swing states are the most important to keep an eye on because that's where you wrap up the votes that allow you to win the election, there's new national polling now for what it's worth. there's new polling every day. the republican leaning poll is out with their new national numbers today. their national tracking poll putting president obama up by one point nationally. the gallup tracking poll putting president obama up by three points today nationally. that's in big picture perspective of what's going on in the presidential race. for an even bigger picture perspective on those national numbers, i should point out to you that of the last 20 national presidential polls, of the 20 national polls taken in the month of september, every single one of those it 20 polls shows president obama winning nationally. the range varies from one point up to eight points in some other polls. but 20 straight national polls showing pr
MSNBC
Sep 30, 2012 4:00am PDT
fox news poll, president obama leads romney by five points among likely voters nationwide. 48% to 43%. catch that, the fox poll. highly significant there. let's go right now to howard on this question. it looks to me like this divorce papers are pretty much out there right now. all that you hear now is romney doesn't really want to be stuck in that little basement where they cut medicare. >> well, mitt romney was on the campaign trail today saying, i have a little secret, i'm going to win pennsylvania. okay. he's not going to win pennsylvania. >> it's the oldest state in the union. >> he's not going to win pennsylvania with paul ryan's profile on medicare or budget cutting or anything else. so if mitt romney is serious about making a play in pennsylvania, that just underscores how inconvenient paul ryan has become. look, mitt romney did not pick paul ryan because of paul ryan's medicare or budget programs. he picked paul ryan because of his youthfulness, because of the cultural appeal, because of what paul ryan himself calls the deer hunter catholic that he is, okay? that might sell
MSNBC
Sep 21, 2012 5:00pm PDT
obama team release the biden. mitt romney released his taxes. it turns out he has already disqualified himself from being president. >> i don't pay more than are legally due and, frankly, if i had paid more than are legally due, i don't think i'd be qualified to become president. >> tonight the epic campaign day that ended an epic campaign week with former ohio governor ted strickland and the nation' ari melber. a full analysis of romney's sketchy tax return with david cay johnston. and bernie sanders joins me to look at paul ryan's attempt to fool people at the aarp convention. >> the first step is to repeal obama care because it represents the worst of both worlds. >> and tom aiken is forced to answer for his illegitimate rape remarks for the first time. >> they say a lot about how he views thing. >> good to you have with us tonight, folks. thanks for watching. the dynamics of the presidential race changed this week and there's no turning back. for the next 46 days the two candidates will be dealing with the fallout of the reaction of what happened this week. regardless of the outcom
MSNBC
Sep 25, 2012 11:00pm PDT
ohio and florida. according to "the washington post," president obama has a four-point lead over mitt romney in florida. four points down there in a very tough state. 51%,/47% for obama. in ohio, the president's lead is a more comfortable eight points. 52/44. that's dramatic. we have joining us -- let's take a look at that for a minute. howard fineman, thank you for joining us, and joe klein of "time" magazine. thank you. it strikes me the numbers i put out tonight, and i'm going to get all through them, shows a party obliterated to reality. she don't seem to watch the news. don't seem to know the huge fight that went on when we realized there was no weapons of mass destruction in iraq. that was the whole reality we lived in, the disillusionment on the right, the confusion in the middle, the anger on the left. they didn't even experience that period of time? >> well, chris, to put a charitably, i think the republican party today is the nostalgia party. that was my sense of it having kind of marinated in their world view down in tampa at the republican convention. they think of a simpl
MSNBC
Sep 18, 2012 11:00pm PDT
people in this country, those who give, like him, and those who take and loaf and vote for obama. joining me now is david corn with mother jones the author of "showdown," out in paper back, and "new york times" jonathan heilemann. we have new tape to show you from that fund-raiser including what he said about the israeli/palestinian conflict. before we get to that, here is that shocking tape from romney talking about the 47% of americans who he says are definitely not voting for -- are definitely voting for obama, not for him. he was answering a question from a donor apparently. the tape was first posted by the great mother jones magazine. let's watch. >> 47% of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. all right. there are 47% who are with him who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims, who believe the government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe that they're entitled to health care, to food, to housing, to you name it. that that's an entitlement and the government should give it to them. and they will vote for this pre
MSNBC
Sep 5, 2012 9:00am PDT
criticize president obama instead of even uttering the word afghanistan. >> naral president nancy keenan and pay equity activist lily ledbetter warned of what a president romney would mean for women. >> we cannot trust mitt romney to protect our health. we cannot trust mitt romney to respect our rights. >> women still earn just 77 cents for every dollar men make. maybe 23 cents doesn't sound like a lot to someone with a swiss bank account, a cayman island investment. >> but perhaps the most surprising and effective indictment came from the first lady herself. while republicans dragged a chair onstage to conjure up an invisible president obama, michelle obama critiqued governor romney without mentioning his name, drawing sharp contrasts with her husband and creating a profile in negatives. >> barack's success isn't about how much money you make. it's about the difference you make in people's lives. we learned about honesty and integrity, that the truth matters, that you don't take shortcuts or play by your own set of rules. he's the same man who started his career by turning down h
MSNBC
Sep 27, 2012 3:00pm PDT
victims. today the obama campaign released a devastating new ad that simply let's romney speak for himself while showing the faces of the 47%. >> there are 47% of the people that will vote for the president no matter what, who believe that they are victims, who believe that government has a responsibility to care for them, who believe they are entitled. they should take personal responsibility and care for their lives. >> seniors, veterans, the working poor, that's the half of america that romney is writing off. it's offensive. it's an offensive world view and on the campaign trail in virginia, president obama seemed offended by it. >> i don't think we can get very far with leaders who write off half the nation as a bunch of victims, who never take responsibility for their own lives. i know. i travel around a lot in virginia and across this country. i don't meet a lot of victims. i see hardworking virginians, i see students trying to work their way through college. i see single moms like my mom putting in overtime to raise their kids right. i see senior citizens saving for retireme
MSNBC
Sep 3, 2012 12:00pm PDT
barack obama woufld have been carrying his bags. >>> labor pains, does a good convention even matter if it's followed by bad job numbers on friday? >>> one big problem to football that no one is talking about. you can count on me to keep it real on this monday, september 3rd. >>> the democratic national convention starts tomorrow in charlotte. democrats will try to undo the tiny little bounce mitt romney got from the rnc, a squash ball sort of bounce, and seize the chance to push their numbers and members ahead. gallup say voters think the rnc speech was the worst convention speech in years. only 38% rated the speech as excellent or good, far below 1996. but let's not start digging his grave just yet. the president's approval rating is 45% and his disapproval is at 48%. ouch. here's the lineup in charlotte. castro kicks things off tuesday. he'll be joined by the first lady michelle obama and former president jimmy carter via video. wednesday, bill clinton, the president's new bff, and thursday, joe biden and president obama accept the party's nomination and speak to the future
MSNBC
Sep 28, 2012 9:00am PDT
street journal"/marist poll, president obama has a slight lead in nevada and north carolina but basically within the margin of error. and in virginia, a new poll from suffolk university/nbc 12 puts obama slightly ahead of romney, also within the margin of error. so, how can romney turn it around? it may not be easy. some people within this romney campaign have concluded he's not actually a very good politician. here's what one romney official explained to politico. he said -- now romney's former rival newt gingrich doesn't go quite that far, but he says that romney needs to reform his thinking. >> i think they're only now beginning to come to grips with the general election. they had a very -- >> scary -- >> they had a very successful primary strategy. in a primary you can raise enough money to build a motor boat and drive to where you want to get to in the primary. in the general election you're like a sail boat. the system is so much bigger than you. >> it is hard to go from a motor boat to a sail boat, known who is familiar with yachting knows that. ben smith, i want to go ri
MSNBC
Sep 3, 2012 8:00am PDT
welker is traveling with the obama campaign and in toledo, the very latest stop on the president's swing state tour leading up to the convention. everybody wants to go through ohio to get to pennsylvania avenue. kristin, good morning. >> reporter: good morning to you. in fact this is president obama's 11th trip to ohio so far this year. that gives us a sense of how important this state is to the campaign. president obama will be talking to folks with the uaw union this morning, marking labor day, really trying to energize the labor vote here in ohio, which was so critical to him winning this state back in 2008. the focus of his remarks today, thomas are really going to on the auto bailout, the 2009 bailout as what he seeds as one of his largest achievements. according to the center for automotive research, 12% of ohioans have a connect to the auto industry, so this is something this community cares a lot about, and of course it allows the president to draw a sharp contrast to mitt romney. you talk about the back-and-forth are we better off than four years ago, the obama campaign tr
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2012 9:00am PDT
>>> hello, from charlotte, north carolina. where president obama is scheduled to accept his party's nomination in a few hours. provided bill clinton is done using the microphone. in fact, he may still be speaking. it's thursday, september 6th, and this is "now." >>> joining me today, the man who helped bring the word game change into common parlance. msnbc political analyst and national affairs editor for "new york" magazine john heilman. "world news america's" patty kay. msnbc contributor, sam stein of the "huffington post" and mark leibovich making his debut from "the new york times" magazine. >> warming up. >> how do you give a 48 minute deeply wonky highly technical policy address that also happens to be must-see tv right down to the last second? the answer, america, is bill clinton. the romney campaign believes it will win if they make this campaign about the economy and the former president took that as a challenge. he made a passionate pitch for what president obama has done to save the economy. >> here it is. he inherited a deeply damaged economy. he put a floor under the cr
MSNBC
Sep 26, 2012 10:00pm PDT
. >> barack obama is a little bit ahead at this time. >> because the closer we get to the election, the dumber mitt romney appears to be getting. >> there's no question we've made a couple of mistakes. >> time that cruel cruel mistress is slipping away. >> you may have noticed there's an election going on here in ohio, i don't see a lot of victims. i see hard working ohioans. >> we can't afford four more years like the last four years. >> how many times can you visit the state of ohio before they get tired of seeing you. >> the president makes his 29th trip. >> if we win ohio, we'll win this election. >> if we win ohio, we win the election. >> governor romney has logged 17 trips. >> no republican in history has won the presidency without ohio. >> romney, ryan. >> oh, sweet jesus. >> make no mistake, ohio, big problem. >> so you're a big romney supporter. >> if we don't run chris christie, romney will be the nominee and will lose. i get the last word. >>> with just 41 days until the presidential election, new swing state polls show that the secretly recorded tape revealing mitt romney's
MSNBC
Sep 3, 2012 11:00am PDT
obama the opportunity to say, look, we can get a bounce, this is a lot of momentum heading into the election day on november 6th. >> you point out he's not seen a bounce at least so far. what does that mean? >> well, you just -- what essentially that means is with the white house and the obama campaign really want to accomplish here is get a lot of excitement out. i have to say, tamron, i was in tampa, the mood was subdued due to isaac. as you can tell behind me, everyone is very fired up. that's one of the things they really want to get across. the other thing is they want to tell the president's story and really move forward. that's the message that they want to tell. >> all right, mark murray, thank you very much. we'll talk more about the gallup numbers later and as our team points out, it may have obama feeling confident after struggling this weekend to answer the question are you better off now than you were four years ago. team obama trying to get on one message, one accord, as they head into their convention. >> are we better off today than we were four years ago when presid
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2012 3:00pm PDT
charlotte. and what a crowd we have. we're just four hours away from president obama's speech in this election suppressing the voters has become a key part of the republican strategy. and for almost 50 years this country has had no greater champion of voting rights than the man speaking now at the podium. voter i.d., voter suppression is something that they have brought out in many states this year. my concern is that a generation ago we fought with the man that is speaking at the podium to get us the right to vote today in this generation people like you and i have to fight to maintain the right to vote. this morning reverend joe lowry of one generation and me of another stood together saying this vote should not be compromised. and this election no matter who you're supporting. no matter who you're voting for, this election cannot be the turning back of voting rights. at the podium, let's listen to congressman john lewis of georgia. let's listen. >> -- than we were in 1961. and in 2008 we showed the world the true promise of america when we elected president barack obama. a few year
MSNBC
Sep 10, 2012 8:00am PDT
months. while the race is still very close, polling shows mr. obama coming out of his convention with a bounce that mitt romney did not see coming out of tampa. >>> pretty close consensus, but the president has a meaningful lead. >> the governor, once again, perhaps admitting that the president's health care law isn't all that bad. >> i say we're going to replace obama care. and i'm replacing it with my own plan. >> but you keep that as part of the federal plan. >> i'm not getting rid of all of health care reform, of course. >>> mitt romney is getting hammered this morning for not nailing down specifics on his tax reform plan. >> you haven't specified where you would cut loopholes in particular. can you give me an example of a loophole that you will close? >> i can tell you that people at the high end, high income taxpayers are going to have fewer deductions and exemptions. those numbers are going to come down. >> mitt romney on "meet the press." david gregory tried to nail him down. somebody said it was like nailing jell-o to the wall. he couldn't do it. >> let's bring in monday
MSNBC
Sep 26, 2012 2:00pm PDT
what's being used to defeat president obama. newt gingrich. what if obama is so outside our comprehension that only if you understand kenyon anti-colonial behavior can you begin to piece together his actions. and -- >> i would like to have him show his birth certificate, because if he can't, then he has pulled one of the great cons in the history of politics. >> and -- >> i wish this president would love how to be an american. >> and -- >> no one's ever asked to see my birth certificate. >> and this rank twees, obama sympathizes with attackers in egypt. and then last night -- >> he's not a real president. >> tonight on "hardball" we show you the true ugly campaign being run against the president. even in the face of this ugly attack, there are two big new poll numbers running in his direction. we give them to you tonight. let's check the hardball scoreboard. according to a "new york times"/cbs/quinnipiac poll, obama leads romney by ten points. down in florida, the president's lead in the poll is nine, 53-44. the president looks to be opening up a big lead now, even in the fa
MSNBC
Sep 22, 2012 1:00pm PDT
the sunshine state today. moments ago he took aim at president obama, saying his policies are to blame for the increase in the national debt. >> in 2009, when the president took over, your share of the debt was $35,000 for every single person. over $16,000 more per person has been added to our debt. so every person's share of our national debt is now $51,000. >> vice president biden has just concluded his second event in new hampshire this afternoon. he went after mitt romney's plan to cut the highest marginal tax rate from 35 to 25%. >> wealthy people and very wealthy people are just as patriotic as poor people. they're just as committed to america as poor people. but the one thing they don't need and they'll tell you they don't need is another tax cut. >>> and some good news for all the campaign workers out there. your work seems to be paying off. surprising new signs that voters from both parties are actually getting excited about the election. details on that story and a whole lot more coming up in this hour. >>> president obama arrived in milwaukee, wisconsin, an hour or so
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Sep 1, 2012 9:00am PDT
have saved that plant there. democrats and the obama campaign pushed back thursday morning saying it was an unfair attack on the program because gm announced the closure of that plant even before the '08 election. that back-and-forth between both sides has continued into the weekend. it's critical to this part of the country, auto jobs in ohio one out of every eight somehow tied to the industry. so paul ryan and mitt romney in the next 9 1/2 weeks will be talking a lot about jobs, specifically manufacturing jobs. >> i love paul ryan is able to work while attending his alma mater's football game. will i'll have to do that with today's hawaii/usc football game. >>> meanwhile, president obama is also on the campaign trail as he readies for next week's democratic convention. a busy holiday weekend for the president, kicking off his road to charlotte tour in iowa. the president will campaign in colorado, ohio and virginia. nbc's white house correspondent kristen welker is traveling with the president. she's live in iowa with the latest. hi to you. is it overcast there? is that what's goin
MSNBC
Sep 6, 2012 7:00am PDT
democratic national convention is an obama party. former president bill clinton dazzled the crowd last night with a full embrace of the president, his policies, his ideas and strategy in a 48 minute speech that went off contour but not off message pep made the case for four more years. >> the republican argument against the president re-election was actually pretty simple. pretty snappy. it went something like this. we left him a total mess. he hadn't cleaned it up fast enough so fire him and put us back in. >> clinton praised past republican presidents but launched pointed attacks against extremists. he used his style to boil things down. his message was pretty simple. >> we believe that we're all in this together is a far better philosophy than you're on your own. >> i want to bring in national political reporter for the atlantic, molly and david. dana, it looked like he was having the time of his life. you wrote it was clinton's house but he's not running. so what's the impact to what end? >> i thought by the end of it he thought he would ask for a repeal of the 22nd amendment.
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Sep 10, 2012 11:00pm PDT
reason obama got a bounce and romney did a thud. one guy people really love in charlotte giving the speeches of their lives, bill and michelle and deval patrick and castro. remember what romney got? chris christie up there giving testimonials to themselves. they barely got around to paying for their supper they were so full of themselves. romney has had two chippies, going over to get acquainted with the brits and going to tampa to get the kudos. in both cases he ended up laying more eggs than the easter bunny but people like the easter bunny. joining me is howard fineman and jim vandehei. it seems to me what happened the last two weeks was patently obvious. within convention worked, one didn't. one was sweet, one was sour. one you felt the vibes of happiness. the other one was you felt something but it was usually hatred of the president. >> yeah. well, chris, i spent every evening on the floor of the convention at both conventions, and at the republican convention there was a dutiful feel to it, and as you said, a lot of the speakers were speaking for themselves and speaking in a
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Sep 28, 2012 2:00pm PDT
data that shows mitt romney trailing. according to a new fox news poll, president obama leads romney by five points among likely voters nationwide. 48% to 43%. catch that, the fox poll. highly significant there. let's go right now to howard on this question. it looks to me like this divorce papers are pretty much out there right now. all that you hear now is romney doesn't really want to be stuck in that little basement where they cut medicare. >> well, mitt romney was on the campaign trail today saying, i have a little secret, i'm going to win pennsylvania. okay. he's not going to win pennsylvania. >> it's the oldest state in the union. >> he's not going to win pennsylvania with paul ryan's profile on medicare or budget cutting or anything else. so if mitt romney is serious about making a play in pennsylvania, that just underscores how inconvenient paul ryan has become. look, mitt romney did not pick paul ryan because of paul ryan's medicare or budget programs. he picked paul ryan because of his youthfulness, because of the cultural appeal, because of what paul ryan himself calls th
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Sep 4, 2012 8:00am PDT
year the obama campaign says their voters are getting more excited in the build p up the president's speech thursday night rkt in which they are expecting 65,000 people to attend live. day one of the convention, a big night for the party. debb eber b eber debbie wassermz will gavel it in. 7:00, delegates will see a video message from former president jimmy carter. after 10:00, we'll hear from key note speaker and rising democratic star 37-year-old san antonio mayor hualien castro, the first latino to ever deliver that address. and then all eyes on the first lady. michelle obama will deliver what's expected to be a strong defense of her husband. the first lady sexpected to be character witness describing the tough decisions the president has had to make. >> he failed peopilled people w this hundred running for president, make grandiose statements and promises which are just not true. >> meanwhile the president's other chief defender vice president joe biden is jumping right into the four years ago debate calling it a republican bumper sticker message. >> folks, let me make something c
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Sep 5, 2012 4:00pm PDT
primetime. tonight night two of the democratic convention puts the famous clinton/obama drama to work for the democratic campaign. and the auto bailout. elizabeth warren, the nuns on the bus, planned parenthood, mitt romney's bain capital legacy, and not in a good way. an undocumented immigrant speaking for the first time in convention history. if last night was for the first lady and tomorrow is for the president, tonight is all about hardball politics. msnbc's primetime coverage of the democratic national convention night two begins right now. >>> thank you for joining us. i'm rachel maddow here at msnbc headquarters in new york. i'm with ed shultz and reverend al sharpton and chris hayes as well as steve schmidt. our fence lawrence o'donnell will be joining us shortly as well. and leading our coverage from charlotte, north carolina, from the site of the democratic convention this year is our friend and colleague chris matthews and a lot of his friends who he is there with. chris, you're a very popular man in charlotte tonight. i've got to you if tonight is essentially afterglow from mi
MSNBC
Sep 29, 2012 12:00pm PDT
gravity of the challenges that we face in the broader middle east. >> meanwhile, the obama campaign is out with a new ad, it takes aim at romney's experience at bain capital, spotlighting workers who said they lost their jobs because governor romney was more concerned about short-term profits than creating jobs. >> people need to know what mitt romney did to miriam, indiana, in 1994. >> you don't just come in and take everything everybody's got and destroy a business. i mean, that's what they did. >> when you take away all the good-paying jobs such as we had here at gst steel in kansas city, the middle class is going to become extinct. >> neither obama nor romney have public events scheduled for today, but vice president joe biden and paul ryan were both on the trail. the vice president was in florida this morning, ryan is in new hampshire and is traveling to ohio for an event tonight. we will, of course, have more on all of these stories over the next two hours. in case you have not heard, the countdown is on to colorado. even though both campaigns are playing the lowered expectati
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Sep 3, 2012 9:00am PDT
see a winning season again and we're going to bring it to them. >> meanwhile, president obama is gearing up for his convention with a four-day swing state route, one that included iowa and colorado this weekend. today, he holds a rally in ohio, then will tour hurricane damage in louisiana before heading to virginia tomorrow. the president is portraying governor romney as a monday morning quarterback, able to lob criticism but with no experience, skills or a playbook of his own. >> there was a lot of talk about hard truths and bold choices but the interesting thing was, nobody ever bothered to tell us what they were. and when governor romney finally had a chance to reveal the secret sauce, he did not offer a single new idea. >> the "wall street journal" editorial board summed up how short on detail romney's speech actually was, writing quote, energy got one sentence, education scored big with two, neil armstrong received almost as much speech time as what mr. romney would do specifically to spur faster growth and raise middle class incomes. so overall, how did it play? did romney
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